Objectives: This study sought to determine the long-term outcomes of catheter ablation (CA) of ventricular tachycardia (VT) in a series of patients with arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC) without background implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) therapy. Background: Endo-epicardial CA of VT has been demonstrated to be highly effective in reducing recurrent VT in patients with ARVC. Methods: Thirty-two patients (age 45 ± 13 years, 72% male) with ARVC and VT underwent CA in the absence of ICD therapy. ICD was recommended in all cases, but implantation was not performed due to patient refusal (63%) or financial hardship (37%). CA was guided by activation/entrainment mapping for mappable VT and pace mapping/targeting of abnormal substrate in cases of unmappable VT. Results: Symptoms associated with clinical VT included palpitations (78%), chest pain and shortness of breath (22%), pre-syncope (16%), and syncope (13%). Prior to ablation, 22 patients (69%) failed a mean of 1.3 ± 0.5 antiarrhythmic drugs. Epicardial mapping and ablation was performed as first-line strategy (20 [63%]) or in case of recurrent VT or persistent inducibility after endocardial-only ablation (3 [9%]—surgical epicardial cryoablation in 1 patient). After a mean of 1.6 (range 1 to 3) procedures, all patients demonstrated noninducibility of sustained VT from at least 2 RV sites; 75% also had stimulation on isoproterenol with no inducible VT. At a median follow-up of 46 months (range 26 to 65 months) following the last ablation, no deaths were observed and freedom from recurrent VT was 81%. Conclusions: In this multicenter international registry of patients with ARVC and VT, CA performed in the absence of background ICD was associated with a low rate of symptomatic VT recurrence (19%) without mortality during 46-month median follow-up. These data suggest that further prospective studies may refine selection of patients with structural heart disease at low risk for SCD, possibly obviating the benefit of ICD therapy.
- arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy
- catheter ablation
- long-term outcome
- ventricular tachycardia
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
- Physiology (medical)